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Summary

  1. Rodgers: 'Sterling not going anywhere'
  2. QPR boss Ramsey: 'There is covert racism'
  3. Team news from Premier League news conferences
  4. Pietersen not on England radar during tour - Moores
  5. GET INVOLVED: What do you make of Raheem Sterling's interview?

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Sadly, that is is for another edition of Sportsday, as the Raheem Sterling contract situation wrangles on.

Will there be more chat about it tomorrow? Join us from 08:00 BST to find out.

See you then.

Rivals geared up for local derby

Rugby League

Big Super League derby this evening as Hull FC take on rivals Hull KR at the KC Stadium at 20:00 BST.

The home side are without injured duo half-back Marc Sneyd and prop Chris Green for the first Hull derby of 2015.

Locally-born duo James Cunningham and Jack Logan are called into Lee Radford's 19-man squad as replacements.

Hull KR prop Mitch Allgood returns after suspension, while lock Greg Burke is back after injury.

Hooker John Boudebza and prop James Green are omitted from the squad that beat St Helens in their last Super League outing.

'Survival would be another trophy'

Football

Esteban Cambiasso
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Leicester City midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has said Premier League survival would mean as much as winning another trophy.

The Foxes are bottom of the table with 19 points - seven points from safety with nine matches to play.

Former Argentina international Cambiasso, 34, has won 23 trophies to date, including five Serie A titles and the Champions League at Inter Milan.

"For me, it's like another cup," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

Celtic identify transfer targets

Football

Jason Denayer
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Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic have identified a number of potential summer signings as Ronny Deila looks to strengthen his squad.

The manager is looking to fill several positions, and confirmed that the Hearts captain Danny Wilson is one player being considered.

Jason Denayer will return to Manchester City at the end of his loan deal, leaving Celtic short at centre-back.

Deila is, though, keen to re-sign the Belgian on loan, and keep other key members of his team at Celtic Park.

The club's scouting staff have drawn up a list of options for the positions that Deila wants to fill, and an assessment process has now begun.

Lawro's predictions

Football

Phil Taylor
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This weekend's Premier League predictions have been made by our resident Mystic Meg, the one and only Mark Lawrenson.

The former Liverpool defender thinks Arsenal will beat his old side in Saturday's crucial clash.

He is up against 16-time world darts champion Phil 'The Power' Taylor, who says Crystal Palace will beat Manchester City on Monday. Interesting.

Read the predictions in full here

'Black magic, murder and rape'

Athletics

Moses Kipsiro
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BBC Sport's Matt Slater: Eight months ago, Moses Kipsiro chased down two rivals down the finishing stretch to defend his Commonwealth 10,000m title in one of the best races at Glasgow 2014.

Now the Ugandan is in hiding, frightened for his own life and those of his large family.

Kipsiro, who trains and shares an agent with Mo Farah, claims he is being persecuted for speaking out last year against a coach who was sexually harassing his female teammates. The coach says he is the victim of a politically-motivated smear campaign.

With allegations of arson, black magic, murder and rape flying around, the IAAF has joined the ranks of those wanting answers. Meanwhile, Ugandan athletics is in turmoil.

Read the full piece here

Davies banned for five weeks

Rugby Union

BBC Wales Sport on Twitter: Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies banned for five weeks for head-butting Edinburgh centre Andries Strauss in Saturday's Pro12 game

Angry footballer suspended

Football

Fabricio
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This is a good one...

A Brazilian First Division club have suspended a player who made obscene hand gestures to his own team's fans and ripped his shirt off during a game.

Internacional defender Fabricio, 28, threw the shirt to the ground after being dismissed in the second half for reacting to jeers from the crowd.

Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson was sent off in the same game.

Club president Vitorio Piffero said: "Internacional's jersey is sacred, he lacked respect for the club."

England omission surprises Tredwell

Cricket

Kent spinner James Tredwell

is surprised he did not play more for England at the World Cup.

The 33-year-old only appeared in England's final pool match against Afghanistan, by which time they had been eliminated from the tournament.

"Before going on the trip I had real thoughts I would feature quite a lot and have almost a leading role," he told

BBC Radio Kent.

"To hardly feature at all was a bit of a surprise, if I'm honest."

Jockey unfazed after spectacular fall

Horse Racing

Lewis Ferguson
Shamoon Hafez

Jockey Lewis Ferguson says his spectacular fall from favourite Merrion Square has not put him off racing.

The 18-year-old was unseated before the jump and turned a full somersault through the air after hitting the top of the final fence at Wincanton.

It was the amateur's first ride over fences and he emerged unscathed, bar a cut nose - with the horse also uninjured.

"I'm fine, I feel no worse than I usually do so I'm all right," he said.

Click here if you have not yet seen the spectacular fall

Redfearn considers Leeds position

Football

Neil Redfearn
Empics

One thing leads to another. Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn said he is considering his position after assistant coach Steve Thompson was suspended by the club.

Thompson joined Leeds from neighbours Huddersfield in December and, alongside Redfearn, has overseen the club losing just three league games this year.

"I've got to have a good think,"

Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds.

"It seems like a strange decision and I would have liked to have known about it."

Pedrosa out for upto six weeks

Moto GP

Dani Pedrosa
EPA

More medical news. MotoGP contender Dani Pedrosa is to have surgery for a second time on a troublesome forearm injury.

The Spaniard had announced following last weekend's opening Grand Prix of the new season in Qatar that he would take time away from the sport to look for a cure to his problem.

He was operated on last year for the same issue and a second operation will mean he is out of action for between a month and six weeks.

"After speaking with some key doctors and medical professionals that I trust, they are all in agreement that this is the only option for me," said the 29-year-old.

He will miss the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin on 12 April and the Argentine Grand Prix a week later.

North medical update

Rugby Union

George North
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An update on the condition of Northampton's George North...

The Welshman has been advised by a neurologist to take a month away from playing rugby before being re-assessed at the end of April.

North will continue to be monitored by the Saints' medical team until then. He will not participate in on-field training, but will continue to contribute in other areas and maintain his work with the club's performance department.

"We have listened to the advice we sought and George will be taking some time away from the field," said director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

Pietersen on comeback trail

Cricket

Kevin Pietersen
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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced plans to begin his season with Surrey against Oxford MCCU in The Parks.

Pietersen, hoping to press for an England recall through runs in the County Championship,

signed a new contract with Surrey last month.

The 34-year-old was given fresh hope of a return to Test cricket, after his sacking last year, when incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman

Colin Graves hinted that it was a possibility.

"I think I am going to be playing at Oxford, just to get some overs in my legs," he said.

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Faisal: If Raheem wasn't a gifted player LFC wouldn't mind selling him, why would he show any loyalty if LFC don't win trophies?

Scott Johnson: Sterling making the same decision any non Liverpool fan would make, wants to play best level possible for best wage available

Peterwari Soberekon: Spent all day discussing the Sterling saga. The boy have said it, wait till the summer before calling him names

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Sutton found guilty of match-fixing

Snooker

More on the news that amateur snooker player John Sutton has been found guilty of match fixing after

a 6-0 defeat by Jamie Burnett last year.

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: Following a hearing last week, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has found Sutton in breach of two rules - one relating to fixing and another of misusing inside information.

It will decide on a sanction against the Irishman at a later date, likely to be next month.

Sutton is not a member of the WPBSA and does not hold a World Snooker tour card.

He accepted an invitation to play, and was beaten by Burnett, in an International Championships qualifier in Barnsley in September 2014.

Suspicious betting patterns on the game were reported. There is no suggestion Burnett was involved in any wrongdoing.

Sutton found guilty of match-fixing

Snooker

BREAKING NEWS: Amateur snooker player John Sutton has been found guilty of match fixing after a 6-0 defeat by Jamie Burnett last year.

Van Marwijk flies in at Go Ahead

Football

Former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has agreed to take on an advisory role with relegation-threatened Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles.

Van Marwijk, who guided Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, and his former assistant Rene Eijkelkamp will help new coach Dennis Demmers as the club attempts to stop a run of five successive losses.

"I will regularly visit the club to offer a helping hand. I began here and I've been a supporter ever since," said 62-year-old Van Marwijk, who played for Go Ahead Eagles from 1969 to 1975. "If I can help the staff and players keep this great club in the top flight, then I will do it.

The club are second from bottom in the Dutch league, play at SC Cambuur in their first game under Demmers on Sunday.

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Lee Farren: I believe Sterling, not holding out for money, wants to assess options at the end of the season.

Peter Ratcliffe: Sterling gave the interview so he would be left alone until after the end of season. Lesson learned - don't give interviews

Nick Darby: If it's "not about the money", why is Sterling holding out for a massive wage that will prevent investment in the team

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Prop Evans to join Quins

Rugby Union

Newport Gwent Dragons loose-head prop Owen Evans will join Harlequins at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old, who represented Wales at the 2009 Junior World Championship, joined the Dragons in 2012 and has scored two tries in 62 appearances.

"I feel now is the right time to take the jump to the Premiership," he said.

"I want to develop and with the international props in the squad I feel that Quins can push me further. I can't wait to start pre-season."

Palace enjoy record turnover

Football

Crystal Palace
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The Eagles are flying high, not just in the Premeir League, but on their balance sheets too...

Crystal Palace made a pre-tax profit of £23m and enjoyed a record turnover in their first season back in the Premier League.

The club were promoted from the Championship in 2013, when they made only £3.5m profit on a £14.5m turnover.

Financial results for the year ending June 2014 show turnover rose to £90.4m.

"The improved profit stemmed mainly from increased broadcasting income, combined with prudent financial planning," chairman Steve Parish said.

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Nick Darby: If it's "not about the money", why is Sterling holding out for a massive wage that will prevent investment in the team

Allan Holmes: Be interesting to see if Sterling moves to a bigger club and asks to stay on the same money. After all, he only wants trophies

Aamir Sattar: Sterling's not "Concentrating on his football" until the summer, he's waiting to see if we make Top 4 or win the FA Cup!

Howe ready for promotion run-in

Football

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says his players are

primed for the Championship run-in as they attempt to seal promotion to the Premier League.

The Cherries top the Championship as they try to make it into English football's top flight for the first time in their history.

Howe took his squad to Dubai during the international break as the season draws to a thrilling conclusion.

"We've enjoyed our break," Howe told BBC South Today.

Wiggins wins Belgium time trial

Road Cycling

Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins claimed his first win of the season by winning the time trial Three Days of De Panne in Belgium.

In his final time trial for Team Sky, the 34-year-old finished 10 seconds faster than BMC Racing's Stefan Kung over the 14.2km course.

'I'll go on a diet' - Bruce

Football

Steve Bruce
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Hull manager Steve Bruce promises his wife he will go on a diet after unflattering paparazzi pictures of him on a Barbados beach were publicised.

"I don't think too many 55-year-olds look that good on a beach do they," he said, "but I have promised my good lady I will go on a diet."

Judgement night in Premier League

Darts

Barney and MVG
ManUtd

Talking of Manchester United, Dutchmen Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen took time out to visit Old Trafford this afternoon, ahead of the darts in the city.

Five players are battling to avoid elimination from the Premier League this evening in Manchester.

The bottom two men in the group stage after tonight's fixtures will exit the competition.

Defending champion van Barneveld is one of the players in danger, but a win against world champion Gary Anderson will be enough to see him through.

Adrian Lewis, Stephen Bunting, Peter Wright and Kim Huybrechts could also go out of the tournament this evening.

Hull latest

Football

Hull team news update: MidfielderMo Diame and defender James Chester have been added to the squad for Saturday's trip to Swansea.

Luna Rossa withdraws from America's Cup

Sailing

Italian team

Luna Rossa announce they are withdrawing from the Americas Cup because of the rule change on downsizing boats which was voted for yesterday.

McCullum in world's top two - Brown

Cricket

Birmingham Bears' new signing Brendon McCullum

is one of the two best Twenty20 players in the world, says director of cricket Dougie Brown.

McCullum, 33, led New Zealand to the recent World Cup final and will play seven games in this summer's T20 Blast.

"With AB de Villiers, he's in the top two players in the world in Twenty20 at the moment," Brown told BBC WM 95.6.

"Everybody talks about Ian Botham at Somerset and McCullum is in exactly the same vain, he's extremely exciting."

Leicester recall defender Moore

Football

Leicester City have recalled England Under-21 defender

Liam Moore from his loan spell at Brentford.

In February, 22-year-old Moore had agreed to stay with the Championship club until the end of the season.

"He's back with us and I'm pleased to have him," Leicester manager Nigel Pearson told the club website.

Aston Villa news conference

Football

Aston Vila manager Tim Sherwood on Saturday's opponents Manchester United: "It' is a massive week. We hope we can get a few bodies back on the pitch to give us a bit more impetus.

"Man United is the only game I'm focussing on. We need to get something out of that game. It's a wonderful place to go and play. There are a few in our dressing room who have gone there and won and the boys are confident we can do it again."

China Open latest

Snooker

John Higgins
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What a clearance from John Higgins in the ninth frame to beat Judd Trump 5-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the China Open in Beijing.

Aston Villa news conference

Football

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood on potential sale of club: "Every club is for sale but I haven't heard anything, no. It is not a concern, I just have to do my job. My job is to prepare the team and keep them in the league this year.

"It was obviously going to be a difficult task. Nobody said it was going to be easy. There will be lots of ups and downs along the way but I'm confident we can do it.

"It's a great club, I feel very pleased to have got the opportunity to manage this great club. It is a dream job for me if we stay in the league, it gives me a pre-season to build my own squad. I couldn't have hand picked a better job, but we need to get over the line."

Swansea news conference

Football

Swansea manager Garry Monk on his side facing Hull on Saturday:

"They pushed Chelsea all the way in the last game, and I was really impressed with them.

"Hull want to steer clear of the relegation zone, so they will be a determined side coming here.

"But we are focussed on winning the three points, as Hull will be. They have always been close encounters between the sides in recent times."

Swansea news conference

Football

Team news: The Swans will be without Tom Carroll for the match against Hull after the Tottenham loanee sustained an ankle injury while playing for England Under-21s.

Winger Jefferson Montero has a muscle strain and will be assessed by the club's medical team on Saturday.

China Open latest

Snooker

Into a final-frame decider between John Higgins and Judd Trump in Beijing. Trump was 4-2 down before levelling the match at 4-4, with the winner progressing into the quarter-finals.

In the afternoon session, defending champion Ding Junhui continued his run after beating Welshman Mark Williams 5-1.

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Alex Garner: If #Sterling was a foreigner he'd be one of the 'bog-standard' players Greg Dyke wants to stop coming over here.

Allan Holmes: Be interesting to see if Sterling moves to a bigger club and asks to stay on the same money. After all, he only wants trophies

Steven Bonner: People stop demonising Sterling, has couple of years left. No need to sign now and Liverpool need to grow up. Wants to win stuff, sensible lad

Morocco ban lifted

Football

The Court of Arbitration in Sport upheld an appeal from Morocco to lift their ban from international football imposed on them by the Confederation of African football (CAF) after they pulled out of hosting the 2015 Cup of Nations.

The ruling should allow Morocco to compete in the next two tournaments in 2017 and 2019. They were fined 8m euros (£5.87m) at the time - this has been reduced to $50,000 (£33,742)

Aston Villa news conference

Football

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says captain Ron Vlaar could return from a calf problem against Manchester United on Saturday, while Jores Okore is expected to be fit following a knee injury.